Customizing DFS Reports with Visual Studio
Adenium Systems is switching the reporting engine in DFS from Crystal Reports to Active Reports, but this transition won’t be complete for some time still. We have the option of converting the current reports to Active Reports but it requires a great deal of additional to work to make the report fully functional. It’s easier keeping it as Crystal until Adenium provides the converted reports themselves.
The problem here is that the current version of DFS does not have a Crystal Reports editor like the previous versions did. So, unless you purchase the full version of Crystal, you can’t edit the reports.
Fortunately, Visual Studio has the ability to open and modify Crystal Reports. You’ll need Visual Studio 2005 Professional (or higher) to create or edit reports. I’ve created a Visual Studio project which has all of the reports used in DFS available for editing. It was created as a C# project, but this doesn’t matter for report editing.
Once you edit a report, you’ll need to copy it to the Reports folder in the DFSHost folder on your DFS server. The default location for this is C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\DFSHost\Reports, but it can of course vary depending on where your IIS virtual directory for DFS is. In the Visual Studio project, Crystal reports are the files with an .RPT extension and are located in the Crystal Reports folder. Ignore the files with the .CS extension
You can download the Visual Studio project by clicking here.